Puzzles make great gifts for the crossword-loving, Sudoku-doing crowd. They also make great gifts for the people on your list you, uh, really don’t know at all. They also make great gifts for the people with bad opinions you’re staying with this holiday season. Puzzles take a decent amount of time to finish, and are much more therapeutic than talking about politics. Everybody will feel a great sense of accomplishment when they finish, and you’ll get all the thanks. Below are our favorites.
BePuzzled Deluxe 3D Pixel Puzzle
An out of this world puzzle Amazon
This 3D astronaut brain teaser puzzle has 517 pieces and is apparently no walk in the park—or on the moon. $15.
Gotham City Batman puzzle
This puzzle is lit. Amazon
This large (32″ x 19.2″ x 6″) Batman puzzle includes unseen areas of Gotham City, with streets that glow in the dark. There are 1,200 bottom-layer pieces that create the map of Gotham, over 300 top layer pieces like buildings and locations, and an LED Bat Signal atop the Gotham City Police Department. $60.
Candy wrapper puzzle
The sweetest gift. Amazon
4D Game of Thrones: Westeros Puzzle
I can’t be the only one who gets confused over the geography of Game of Thrones. This puzzle shows just how far characters have to travel to wage their wars. The 1,400-piece puzzle has three parts—a jigsaw map, topography map, and 3D models and replicas of landmarks from the show. $47.
You can also get up close and personal with King’s Landing with this 4D puzzle.
Ravensburger 3D The Earth Puzzleball
It’s a global hit. Amazon
This 3D Earth has 540 curved puzzle pieces that, when assembled, create a globe. The base and rotating stand are included. $46.
Golden Girls puzzle
Hang with the gals. Amazon
I’ve always considered myself one in the Golden Circle. Whether you fancy yourself a Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, or a Sophia, this 1,000-piece puzzle will tickle your fancy. $15.
A gem of a gift. Amazon
Brighten up someone’s day with this 1,000-piece colorful crystal puzzle. It is 19.3″ x 27.1″ when completed. Who doesn’t love crystals? $24.
Neural Network Puzzle
A brain game. Etsy
This Green Neural Network Puzzle is a wood puzzle cut with a laser. The plywood puzzle is available in three sizes—5″ x 5″ with 51 pieces, 6″ x 9″ with 105 pieces, or 10″ round with 157 pieces. *$32-$100.
You can also get the puzzle in orange.
Gift card vault puzzle
Make them work for it. Amazon
An amazing way to “wrap” an inevitable, if uninventive, gift card. They must solve it in order to open the vault. $15.
The Legend of Zelda: Classic puzzle
You’ll Hyrule this holiday season. Amazon
This 550-piece Zelda puzzle is the title screen from the NES classic game. It’s 18″ x 24″ when assembled. $13.
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